Testing English

Testing English : Formative and Summative Approaches to English Assessment

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This title considers why summative assessment in English is difficult and explores viewing it as an arts subject rather than one which is quantifiable and assessable objectively. "Testing English" considers why English is such a difficult subject to assess summatively and takes the view that English is an arts subject rather than one which is quantifiable and assessable objectively. Bethan Marshall examines the nature of the subject, the battlegrounds of examinations over the last 100 years and considers some of the solutions that have been put in place to overcome the problem both in the UK and abroad. "Testing English" looks at the way English lends itself to formative assessment in that it actively encourages dialogue with the pupils in the absence of 'right answers'. It explores the complex relationship between formative and summative assessment and considers the relationship in the light of the introduction of Assessing Pupil's Progress (APP). It is an essential reading for postgraduate students and researchers looking at the complexities involved in assessing English.
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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 17.78mm | 439.98g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1441182934
  • 9781441182937

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. The Arts Based Nature of English; 2. English and Examination Boards in the England, Scotland and Wales; 3. International Experiences of Assessment; 4. Formative Assessment in the Classroom; 6. Assessment for Learning; 7. Conclusions; References; Index.
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'Testing thinking, testing practice and always challenging...Bethan Marshall constantly provokes her readers to question inert ideas, while offering hope to teachers that they can reclaim the intellectual and moral high ground.'John MacBeath, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK 'If English teachers read only one educational text this year, this should be it. Bethan Marshall not only gives a fascinating analysis of the almost incomprehensible world of policy development in English but provides a powerful evidence base to inform future policy and practice. This is a book entirely in the 'spirit of AfL', relective, analytical and immensely practical.' Louise Hayward, Professor of Educational Studies, University of Glasgow, UK 'Marshall is extremely well qualified to take this subject on - she is arguably the UK's foremost expert in English and Assessment... It' a well-written and compelling book that draws on a great range of academic literature and a career rich in assessment research...this text is a must-read.'--Sanford Lakoff
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About Bethan Marshall

Bethan Marshall is Senior Lecturer at King's College London, UK, where she is Director of MA English and Education and MA Creative Arts in the Classroom.
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